His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Aleksander Vasilyevich Chepurin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 25 October 2016.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, recieved a high delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran led by Mr. Majid Fahim Pour, ambassador who finishes his service in the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 24 October 2016.
The same day, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Joseb Nanobashvili, Ambassador of Georgia for Greece and Serbia.
His Royal Highness Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic and Miss Ljubica Ljubisavljevic were united in holy matrimony in the Church of Saint George in Oplenac, which was followed by a reception given by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, for invited guests at the White Palace.
The religious ceremony was officiated by Their Graces Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America and Bishop Pahomije of Vranje and Father Petar Lukic, Dean of Saborna crkva in Belgrade.
In the morning of October 17, 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a pastoral visit to Great Britain, had a working meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus of Serbia, in London.
Participating in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), a DECR vice-chairman. From the side of the Serbian Orthodox Church there were Bishop Dositei of Great Britain and Scandinavia and Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. They discussed the bilateral relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches and problems involved in pan-Orthodox dialogue.
With the blessing of His Grace our Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, our Parish celebrated its 100th Anniversary starting from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th this 2016th Year of our Lord.
On Friday, His Grace Bishop Irinej, after the Vesper service, was greeted with bread and salt by the youngest members of our parish, dressed in traditional Serbian costume. His Grace then served the Parastos (Memorial Service) for the departed members of this Parish and later blessed the food in the Church Hall prepared for all who came to participate in this event. Concelebrating with His Grace were Presbyter Borjan Vitanov parish priest, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic of Boston, Dean of the Washington Deanery, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Stevan Rocknage of McKeesport, who offered a homily for the edification of the faithful, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Michael Slovesko of the Carpatho-Russian Eparchy and long-time celebrant in Lebanon, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Michael Varvarelis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Stephen Vernak of the Orthodox Church in America, Protopresbyter Milorad Orlic of Philadeplphia, and Presbyter Christopher Rocknage of Steelton.